League to determine new junior tag champions continues
On the second night of a double header in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe, New Japan Road continues with the middle leg of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship tag league, and much more action besides.
Main event: Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi (1-0) vs Los Ingobernables De Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI) (1-0)
The main event of our second night in Chiba sees Master Wato and Ryusuke Taguchi take on Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI, in the middle act of the league to crown new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. The short form of the league makes every match must win, and this should be an exciting and high paced encounter.
Last night, Wato and Taguchi got a tremendous confidence building win, connecting with a Dodon and RPP to score victory over the only team in the league with a championship resume together, Kanemaru and Desperado. It was much needed validation for Wato after a painful Jingu loss to Kanemaru; in the main event, Hiromu and BUSHI scored their own satisfying victory over BULLET CLUB with an LAT to Gedo.
A victory in this main event will guarantee a spot in September 11’s league finals. Who will take a significant step closer to their first tag titles as a team?
5th Match: The Reborn Complete Players (Taiji Ishimori & Gedo) (0-1) vs Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (0-1)
Every one of the six matches in the condensed junior heavyweight tag league is of interest, with high stakes and an intense schedule. Established rule breakers put in opposite corners always creates added interest however. Four men with very deep sleeves from which to produce any number of tricks should make for a fascinating match second from the top in Chiba.
They’ll have to produce those tricks, too. After Suzuki-Gun fell in an upset to Wato and Taguchi last night, and Ishimori and Gedo lost to LIJ, this is a must win match for both teams, with the losers mathematically eliminated.
4th Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) vs BULLET CLUB (Jado, Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL)
Six man action will see LIJ and BULLET CLUB continue to clash. With days counting down to the start of the G1 Climax, the balance of factional power tends to go out of the window as every player seeks to create their own narrative. Which team will present more of a united front? Last night it was a Skull End to Jado that gave SANADA and LIJ the win. Can LIJ continue to look strong heading into wrestling’s greatest tournament?
3rd Match: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI, Zack Sabre Junior, Taichi & Minoru Suzuki)
An unchanged Suzuki-Gun squad from September 5 faces a hontai team that sees Satoshi Kojima in for Yuji Nagata. Regardless of lineups howveer, the goal will remain the same; to leave a significant enough mark to be in the G1 Climax 30 lineup, and be one of the most talked about figures going into the Osaka opener September 19.
With an emphatic Kamigoye delivered to DOUKI last night, Kota Ibushi looked in the best form of all in Chiba, but Suzuki-Gun will be plotting revenge, and a fast route back to the headlines before long.
2nd Match: Gabriel Kidd, YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto vs Yota Tsuji, SHO, Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada
CHAOS again go to civil war in Makuhari as NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag champions and contenders meet ahead of the tour closing September 11 event. Last night saw a thriller of a clash, with SHO coming out on top. Who gets the upper hand on the second leg of our Chiba double header?
1st Match: Yuji Nagata vs Yuya Uemura
Singles action will kick proceedings off on September 6. Uemura and Nagata faced once during the Summer Struggle tour in a commanding victory for the veteran Nagata. Can his Young Lion opposition take on Blue Justice’s advice and push Nagata harder tonight?